About the Role

NPL are implementing a Digital Modernisation transformation programme with the following 5 key strategic themes:

  • Digital Customer Experience – ensuring our engagement and delivery to customers, partners, and stakeholders is digital by default
  • Digitally Enabled Organisation – ensuring our organisation harnesses the benefits of digital technology and uses data smartly
  • Digitally Empowered Workforce – ensuring our staff are supported to work digitally with confidence and competence
  • Digital Governance and Knowledge Management – ensuring we manage our knowledge effectively and exploit the potential of digital to drive decision-making
  • Digital Infrastructure – ensuring that we lay the right foundations to support a truly digital organisation

A senior member of the Technical delivery team, this role owns the test strategy and leads its implementation across all digital and technology delivery.  Accountable for the management of end-to-end test activities relating to all technology systems.


Key responsibilities

·         Leadership of the test function across all digital and technology delivery across NPL.

·         Develop and champion test strategy, testing standards, procedures and relevant plans

·         Ensure that quality is being built into the service by providing Quality Assurance leadership to the product/application teams, encouraging everyone to thing about “quality” 

·         Act as a point of escalation for test teams and mitigates project risks with Project Managers and stakeholders

·         Design and manage testing activities across System Integration, User Acceptance, Penetration, Operational Readiness and Post Implementation Testing

·         Incorporate and manage testing against functional and non-functional requirements using both automated and manual testing methods

·         Ensure visibility, traceability, and control of testing process to deliver high-quality software products

·         Support management of Test Environments

·         Ensure the team have access to the relevant people, test tools and frameworks 

·         Ensure collaboration through partnership with the development, infrastructure and support teams across all technology departments.

·         Lead Test engagement with 3rd parties where project delivery is highly reliant on outsourced teams

·         Mentor the testing community and share testing principles and best practise across NPL.

·         Engage with internal and external testing communities to ensure they learn from, and contribute to, developing industry practices.

About You
  • Proven leadership and capability to define best practise in Test management within the test function across a diverse portfolio of projects
  • Experienced in managing team resources in terms of capability and capacity to align with fluctuating delivery needs
  • Knowledge of Microsoft technology stack and testing suites, ideally including Azure DevOps
  • Detailed knowledge of both manual and automated testing methods
  • Able to communicate defects or trends clearly to software developers, outlining how defects are identified and possible causes
  • Able to engage stakeholders at all levels of seniority across the organisation
  • Good knowledge of technology, infrastructure and systems including ERP/CRM, such as MS Dynamics 365
  • Project Management experience including planning, resource allocation and prioritisation
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Active in the testing community and holds current testing certification  (desirable)

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage

all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.